It’s that time of year again where I find myself rushing around trying to remember where I left my purse, phone, keys, kids…well you know…that’s nearly every day of my life. BUT – now is busier right? It is for me and as we enter the season of Christmas and gift giving, it is important for me to have little gifts on hand that show my appreciation (and don’t break the bank). I present to you the simplest way I know how to give something handmade and thoughtful that ACTUALLY takes 5 minutes. Really! Grab your scrap bin and let’s get started on the Scrap Buster Coasters.
Begin by cutting your scraps into 5 x 5 inch squares. Do the same with your batting. I usually have left over quilt batting, but if you don’t, left over fleece works just as well.
Build your coaster sandwich. First fabric right side up.
Use a tool of your choosing (I have a skewer) to push out the corners and make them square.
Iron everything smooth. Be sure to tuck in your gap fabric and iron it down.
Now, depending on time and what kind of sewist you are, you have a couple options.
1. Top stitch all the way around making sure to catch the gap fabric to close it.
2. Hand stitch the gap for a clean look.
I like to quilt my coasters to give them a little character. The world is your oyster at this point. Try zigzags, straight lines, circles, or those fancy stitches no one ever uses on their machines (you know, the ones that make flowers, etc.).
Trim your threads and take a look at your handiwork you sewing goddess. You managed to make that present in under 10 minutes right??? Sure you did! Now, for the finishing touch – Crafty Betty’s Super Secret Iced Coffee Recipe. Grab a piece of cardstock and hand write this bad boy – because that’s how Martha would do it right???
To make coffee
Brew a pot of Cafe Bustelo Espresso Ground Coffee (This is key. Do not substitute or you’ll be sad.) I buy mine at Wal-Mart.
– I use four heaping teaspoons of coffee per 12 cup pot
Chill the coffee in the fridge until cold – I usually make the night before
To make your drink
Use a tall glass and fill half way with ice.
Add 4 pumps of French Vanilla Syrup
Pour coffee leaving room for cream
Add a 1 count pour of heavy whipping cream
Put a straw in it and mix
I keep this on hand at all times and it has proven to be a winner with all my friends. Side note: they have all tried to make it low fat, fat free, with different coffee, etc. and each one came back and said you were right – it’s the ingredients that make the drink. 🙂 It’s kinda like when you’re used to eating Southern food with all the butter and then suddenly someone is using light margarine instead. It’s good, but you can taste the difference.
Now – you are armed and ready to spread Christmas cheer with handmade scrap bustin’ gifts. From my family to yours – Merry Christmas!